The Apple Core: MacBook Pro Orders Queue Up

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Date: Monday, January 30th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

After the keynote was over I couldn’t hit the refresh button fast enough on the Apple Store so that I could place my order for the first Intel-based notebook from Apple. As soon as the store opened I zipped through the options and slapped down the plastic for a shiny new 1.83GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro.
I placed my MBP order on January 10, 2006 at 11:02 AM PST according to the View order details button on Apple’s Order Status page. Like Steve promised, the MacBook is listed as shipping in mid-February, on the 15th to be exact. What I don’t really get is the delivery date. Even though I opted for the faster shipping service (for an extra US$18) which is listed as “2-3 Business Days” on the Apple Store, my delivery date is estimated to be February 23.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Dual-Booting Windows XP on a MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, January 30th, 2006, 00:04
Category: MacBook Pro

The Computer Guru has posted instructions how to dual-boot Windows XP on a MacBook Pro. The instructions have not been tested by the author but he believes his theory will work. Someone with an Intel Mac might want to give it a try. (Thanks Digg).

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More on the Intel Core Solo-Powered iBook

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Date: Monday, January 30th, 2006, 00:02
Category: iBook

iMacBook.jpgAppleInsider posted a juicy article on Friday with information on the new Intel Core Solo-powered iBook replacement. In addition to being reduced to a single 13.3-inch widescreen form factor and possibly shipping in both black and white AI adds some configuration details.

Although Apple has reportedly decided to base the new series of iBooks around a single enclosure and display size, it’s still expected that the laptops will arrive in at least two retail configurations — one with a SuperDrive and the other without. The latter model will fall within the sub-$1000 range currently occupied by the 12-inch PowerPC-based 1.33GHz iBook. All configurations will include an infrared sensor in the front of the laptop capable of communicating with the Apple Remote. This will allow users to control the included Front Row software on their iBook from up to 30 feet away.

The real question is what are they going to name it? My guess is that it’ll be the iMacBook. All the professional Macs will be called Macs (like the MacBook Pro) and the consumer machines will be called iMacs (hence the iMacBook). Any thoughts? Post them in the comments below.

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iMacBook Mockup

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Date: Monday, January 30th, 2006, 00:01
Category: iBook

iMacBook.jpgA Flickr user who goes by the name troelsbay has posted one of the best mockups yet of the presumably-forthcoming 13.3-inch widescreen iMacBooks (ny name) based on the Intel Core Solo processor. Remember kids, it’s only a mockup.

I made this today by tweaking and manipulating current iBook material. It’s a 13.3″ MacBook, it’s thinner than the current 12″, widescreen, with iSight and frontrow-support (IR). The mockup is based on the Appleinsider rumor.

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